UPDATE: CDC confirms 2 positive coronavirus cases in S.C.

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The CDC has confirmed two positive cases of coronavirus in South Carolina, according to Emma Galasso of Live5News.

There are five other “presumed positive cases” in the state, Galasso reported Monday, citing  South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Gov. Henry McMaster and other officials announced two “presumptive positive” cases at a Saturday morning news conference.


DHEC announced the investigation into the two initial cases Friday, according to TV station WIS, an NBC affiliate in Columbia, South Carolina.

“There is no reason for alarm,” McMaster said at the Saturday news conference.

One case reportedly is in Kershaw County, and the second is in Charleston County, according to officials.

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The case in Kershaw County involves a woman who has been hospitalized and is in isolation, WIS reported, citing DHEC.

Kershaw County officials provided this statement regarding the presumptive case Friday night:

“Kershaw County is closely monitoring this situation, and is following appropriate protocols in its management of Public Safety.”

The Charleston County case reportedly involves a woman who recently returned from a trip to France and Italy, officials said Saturday. She did not require hospitalization, according to WIS.

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“We understand that residents have concerns about how the virus may impact South Carolinians,” Dr. Linda Bell of DHEC told WIS. “While the risk to the public remains low, there is no evidence of ongoing transmission in the community at this time and our primary goals remain prevention and control.”